When you’re having a baby, you trust your doctor and other medical professionals to provide care for you during your pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery. They’re going to make sure you and your baby stay healthy. When doctors meet the standard of care, it’s rare for issues to arise that threaten the mother’s or baby’s health. However, when anyone who provides medical care acts negligently or recklessly, they can cause irreversible harm to your baby or your lives at risk. If your baby has suffered an injury because of a negligent medical care provider, you can seek help. A Cincinnati birth injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices may be able to help you get justice.
Our attorneys understand how terrifying this time can be for a new parent. While you’re already bringing a new life into the world, you’re also wondering how you’re going to give them the best care after they’ve been injured. Their injuries may have permanent consequences that will require specialized care, equipment, and education—these requirements can be expensive and difficult to afford. With our lawyers at your side, we’ll do everything possible to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and get you and your family the compensation you need so you can give your child the care they deserve.
How Do Birth Injuries Occur?
When our birth injury lawyers look into your case, we’ll need to determine how the birth injury was able to occur. There are a few reasons why your baby was injured. While there is no excuse for harm to come to your baby, when we find out why it happened, it can help us find the negligent party. You child’s birth injury may have occurred because of one of the following reasons:
- Medical Issues with the Mother or Fetus. While the mother is pregnant, doctors need to carefully assess her health so the fetus stays healthy. If the mother has high blood pressure, for example, the doctor needs to make a decision to provide the best care for the mother and baby. High blood pressure can be a sign of preeclampsia, which can cause fetal growth restriction, a preterm birth, and life-threatening issues like placental abruption and HELLP syndrome. When the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery, heavy bleeding can occur and could put your baby’s and your life in danger. HELLP syndrome stands for hemolysis elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count is a severe form of preeclampsia that can endanger you and your baby’s lives.
- Failure to Monitor Vital Signs. During delivery, the doctors need to monitor vital signs like heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure to make sure the mother and baby are healthy. When they do not keep an eye on vital signs, they may not notice the baby not getting enough oxygen or the mother’s blood pressure rising.
- Fatigue or Exhaustion. If the delivery team is overworked, they could be dealing with exhaustion when delivering your baby. You need sharp, quick-thinking professionals to safely deliver your baby. Fatigue can lead to mistakes that have lifelong consequences and complications.
- Lack of Communication. There needs to be communication so the medical professionals providing your care know what you need and how to take care of you. If they miss certain details, it could lead to mistakes that hurt you or your baby.
- Inexperience. Hospitals need to make sure the medical professionals providing your care are trained and ready to do so. If they put someone in charge who isn’t ready for it, they could mishandle a tool, forget to do something, or make another kind of mistake that causes a birth injury.
- Delayed Cesarean Section. If the baby is breech, their head is not in the direction of the birth canal. This can make the delivery process dangerous. Doctors need to carefully monitor the baby and if a cesarean section is needed, they need to make that call in a timely manner. Waiting too long or failing to recognize a c-section is necessary could put the baby’s life at risk.
While it can be difficult to learn that your child’s injuries could have been prevented and occurred because of someone’s negligence, our Cincinnati birth injury lawyer is here to help you right the wrong as much as possible. We’ll find out why the birth injury happened and fight to get you the compensation you need.
What Kinds of Birth Injuries Can Happen?
To determine the compensation you’re owed, we’ll need to assess the injuries your child suffered. This will also help us calculate what you’ll need so you can provide the best care for your child. Here are some common birth injuries that can occur:
- Forceps Injuries. Sometimes, birthing tools are needed to help delivery the baby. If a doctor uses forceps incorrectly, they could cause bleeding, or other trauma to the baby’s head, face, or eyes.
- Vacuum Extraction Injuries. This is another birthing tool that can cause bleeding and other scalp injuries if used incorrectly. Birthing tools can also cause soft tissue injuries when improperly used.
- Brachial Plexus Injury. When the brachial plexus nerves are damaged during delivery, the baby’s upper arm can be injured. A common form of this is Erb’s palsy. While babies can recover from this with physical therapy, they should have never suffered this damage in the first place.
- Fractures. Improper tool use and forcing the baby during delivery can cause fractures. This could be facial fractures or affect the arms and legs.
- Hypoxia. This is one of the most dangerous injuries a baby can suffer. Hypoxia is when they are not getting enough oxygen. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, permanent brain damage can occur.
- Brain Damage. Whether the baby suffered brain damage before birth or during birth, brain damage can lead to issues like cerebral palsy. This disorder can cause issues with the brain that causes loss of motor function and muscle control. Those with CP may require special equipment or lifelong care.
- Head Injuries. If the head is injured, the baby may suffer from cephalohematoma, which is an accumulation of blood under the scalp, caput succedaneum, which is swelling around the skull, hemorrhaging, or head deformity.
- Jaundice and Kernicterus. Jaundice is when babies have a buildup of the chemical bilirubin in their blood. If this goes untreated, it can cause kernicterus. According to the CDC, this type of brain damage can lead to athetoid cerebral palsy and also loss of hearing.
Seeing your child suffer an injury is traumatic and difficult. That’s why our Cincinnati birth injury lawyer will stand at your side and demand you get fair compensation so you can take care of your child.
The Consequences of Birth Injuries
You and your family’s lives could change forever when your child suffers an injury from medical malpractice. If your child has an injury that will require specialized care or equipment, you may wonder how you’re going to afford it. Keeping up with work, other living expenses, and putting food on the table along with affording expensive medical care can cause a lot of financial stress for a family. That’s where our birth injury attorneys step in.
We’ll assess the damages of the birth injury. This will include the injuries to your child, any injuries to you, the care you needed to heal, and the care your child will need in the future. These economic losses will be considered when determining your compensation amount. We’ll fight for you to have compensation that will allow your child to get the care they need.
We’ll also take into account the pain and suffering you both endured and the other emotional tolls of the birth injury. If your baby is now paralyzed or has another form of disability, we’ll seek full compensation to account for this loss. Our attorney will make sure you’re fairly compensated for the healthcare professional’s negligent actions that caused your baby’s severe injuries.
Seek Trusted Representation for Your Family
No parent should worry about how they’re going to provide care for their child, especially when the injuries occurred because of someone else. These injuries were preventable and never should have happened. We’ll make sure to hold the negligent party accountable so they realize the harm their negligence caused and how their actions were unacceptable. Our birth injury lawyer is here to fight for your family and secure your financial future so you can focus on caring for your child.
You can begin your claim today and call Thomas Law Offices for a free case evaluation. Our Cincinnati birth injury lawyer will go over what happened and help you find the best way to move forward. We’re ready to answer questions, address your concerns, and go over the legal process so you’ll know what to expect. We know this will be difficult, but you may have some peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to give your child the care they deserve and so they can maintain a high quality of life.